U.S. Marshals stand outside U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York City, APRIL 2, 2015.
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A U.S. citizen was sentenced to 45 years in prison Tuesday for supporting the militant group Al-Qaeda and helping to prepare a 2009 car bomb attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, less than the life sentence sought by prosecutors.Muhanad Mahmoud Al-Farekh, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn federal court. Before Cogan imposed the sentence, Ruhnke read a letter written by Farekh, who did not speak himself. Cogan said that, with 15 percent off his sentence for good behavior and three years time served, Farekh could get out when he is 67 .
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